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How Tough Are Nursing Home Inspectors?

A third of U.S. nursing homes have food sanitation problems, and nursing homes in California, Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia and Hawaii scored more bad marks on state inspections than in other states in 2004. The most serious problems - failures that cause actual harm to residents - were reported in Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina and Washington. These are the latest findings based on the U.S. government's system for checking up on nursing homes. But experts say it's still hard to know whether trends seen in the federal database of state inspection reports are changes in the quality of care or differences in how states inspect.

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August 24, 2005

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